A Washington DC Feature Production, Post-Screening Q&A with Director and Cast
Screens with Come to Harm 2011 / 18 mins / Iceland / directed by Borkur Sigthorsson
ULTRASONIC tells the tale of Simon York music teacher, married, soon-to-be father. Simon dreams of one day getting paid to write music but for now money is tight. Jonas, Simon's troubled brother-in-law spends his days handing out flyers and trying to, "open peoples' eyes," to his theories of conspiracies and injustices in the world. One night Simon hears what he thinks is a very real sound in an alleyway. The sound does not disappear and while his wife, Ruth, dismisses it, Jonas believes that Simon is impacted by a government experiment which utilizes an ultrasonic auditory signal to control the minds of all who hear it. The two of them embark on a journey to get to the bottom of the sound experiment and stop the noise.
Rohit Colin Rao - Writer / Director / Producer / Cinematographer / Editor. Rohit grew up in Silver Spring, MD. He is a filmmaker, musician and software engineer. In 2001, Rohit wrote and directed his first 16mm film, Blocks/ In 2004, Rohit wrote and directed Someone and Someone, Inc., a 7 minute satirical short about corporate America, which debuted at the Maryland Film Festival in 2004. Since then, he has focused on his music projects, and self-released a full length album with The Translucents, and an EP with Tigertronic. Ultrasonic marks Rohit's feature-length filmmaking debut.
COME TO HARM The barren, concrete landscape of contemporary Reykjavik contributes the setting for the thriller, which tells the story of Stefan, whose life is slipping into turmoil. When he senses an intruder in his home, panic quickly turns to grim determination and he decides to arm himself for the inevitable confrontation.
Borkur Sigthorsson started his professional career in photography in Iceland, initially working mainly with Icelandic bands and musicians and then branching out into advertising and directing. In 2004, Borkur was signed as a director to the renowned UK music video company Oil Factory (later to become Factory Films), where he worked for the next 5 years, directing music videos and commercials. In January 2010, Borkur had his first Los Angeles exhibition with Blythe Projects in collaboration with The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) (www.blytheprojects.com). Borkur is a member of the Los Angeles art and film collective The Masses (www.wearethemasses.com). Come To Harm is his second short film following the award-winning film Support. Borkur is currently developing his first feature film.
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